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The Khonshu Line In Moon Knight Episode 6 That Means More Than You Think

The following article contains spoilers for "Moon Knight" Episode 6.

The final episode of "Moon Knight" Season 1 brings the tale of Marc Spector, a.k.a. Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) to a close ... at least for the time being. He successfully put an end to Arthur Harrow's (Ethan Hawke) plan to use the god Ammit to pass judgment onto the population. And by the close of the episode, Marc has fulfilled his end of the bargain, and the god Khonshu begrudgingly agrees to free him of their arrangement. 

The show manages to tell an engaging story without tying into any of the other major beats of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, if you look and listen closely, you should be able to catch onto various Easter eggs that hint at grander machinations. One of these Easter eggs comes straight from the mouth of Khonshu himself, whose line to Layla (May Calamawy) means more than you might think at first glance. 

Khonshu's 'little bug' line hits Layla deep

When Layla frees Khonshu from his imprisonment, he immediately senses that Marc Spector is no longer of this world (having died and gone to the field of reeds at the moment). He requires an avatar to do anything of note, so he turns to Layla. However, she's not exactly keen on being his next vessel after seeing the torment he inflicted on Marc. At this point, Khonshu gets a tad more personal than viewers may realize on the first watch when he says, "Marc was in crisis over you. His lack of focus got him killed. You need a plan, little bug."

"Little bug" may come across as an odd term of affection for Layla, but it makes sense after remembering what Layla discussed earlier in the series. Before, she had mentioned that her father would refer to her as his "little scarab." With this context, it almost feels like Khonshu's purposely prodding her with what her father would tell her, manipulating her into giving herself up to be his avatar. 

This obviously doesn't seem to sit well with Layla, as she responds with, "I don't care what you can offer." She clearly doesn't appreciate this twisting of her father's words, and they manage to find an alternative route to stop Harrow and Ammit.